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Eileen JoyceMaggie McKaig (left), Lisa Stine and Shawn Haussler perform as Kindred Spirit this Saturday at the Crannog Pub celebration at Miners Foundry in Nevada City.
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Annie O’Dea Hestbeck, emcee and organizer of the eighth annual Crannog Pub, has it somewhat easy.

Hestbeck, a native of County Clare, Ireland, and host of the KVMR show “Celtic Cadence,” doesn’t have to coach the pub’s performers this Saturday about her country.



“They all have their favorite repertoire of songs and tunes and poems from Irish musicians and playwrights,” Hestbeck explained. “It all comes together into a nice party.”




All performers are Nevada County residents.

“It impresses me that there are so many local artists that have such a great love and knowledge about the Irish culture,” she said.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Stone Hall of Miners Foundry Cultural Center turns into an old Irish pub Saturday.

Crannog Pub, a KVMR-FM benefit, includes a traditional Irish dinner and Irish entertainment.

Rick, Piper and Genevieve Toles will perform during and after dinner.

Other entertainers include the Evergreen Ensemble (Tynowyn, Tom Slattery and Craig Thiessen) and Kindred Spirit (Maggie McKaig, Lisa Stine and Shawn Haussler).

Loraine Webb, whom Hestbeck fondly calls “our honorary Irish poetess,” will read works of Irish poets and playwrights, and Joe and Paula McHugh will entertain with stories and songs.

Dinner includes corned beef and cabbage or a vegetarian entree, vegetables, traditional Irish soda bread, a sherry trifle for dessert and Irish teas and coffee. Tim Galligan donates his catering services again this year.

The Crannog Bar will feature Celtic ales, including Guinness and Harp on draft, Irish coffee and Baileys Irish Cream.

“Regardless of what nationality you are, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all around the world,” she said.

“Here in our own community, we may not have a big parade or dye our river green like in Ireland,” she said, “but we have our own tradition of honoring Ireland and bringing people together for a little taste of Ireland in one evening. Wear your green!”

Know and Go

WHAT: Crannog Pub

WHEN: Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Dinner served between 6 and 7 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: $35, tickets must be purchased by Friday due to limited seating. Tickets at KVMR office, 401 Spring St., Nevada City

INFORMATION: 265-9073


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